** CANADA. 1610, Aug 2 at 0133, YL mixing English with S Asian language, no doubt CHHA, Toronto, Voces Latinas, in two languages which are anything but Latin. Four-year-old program grid still comes up on website http://chha1610am.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PostCard-CHHA-1610AM-2016.jpg claiming Portuguese occupies the M-F 9-10 pm ET hour, but I`ll bet it`s Punjabi shifted from the 10-11 pm EDT hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. CNR1 jammer search, August 1 at 1337:
11100, JBA carrier
11150, JBA in Chinese
11440, Chinese S1-S5
11460, Chinese S6-S9
Now from 1342, all audibly in Chinese talk:
14900, JBA carrier — None WOOB higher up to 16.0 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6000, Aug 1 at 0434, RHC English is S9+20 but JBM, suptorted. Wiggle that patchcord! Only // at this early hour, 6165 is JBM but not distorted. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KIRITIMATI. 846, August 1 at 0532, JBA carrier vs storm noise level, presumed R. Kiribati, 10 kW, rather than anything from Europe this late where there are only *3* stations on 846 ranging from 0.3 to 1 to 3 kW, in Ireland, Denmark, and Italy.
Just when is sunset at London=Ronton, the main town on Xmas Island? I normally consult gaisma.com, but it`s wrong! Based on wrong longitude for this place:
“London, Kiribati – Basic information
Latitude: +1.99 (1°59’24″N)
Longitude: +157.78 (157°46’48″E)
claiming Aug 1 SS at 19:41 local – 12h = 0741 UT
It`s at 157+ WEST, NOT EAST!!! Off by some 46 degrees, which makes all the other info about it wrong.
Kiribati is a very “large“ country, widely separated island groups. Kiritimati is the most easterly, in fact in the western hemisphere, where it should be east of the Dateline, but to keep the country in the same day, DL has been pushed eastward. Total population only about 100 K. Yet Kiribati encompasses three timezones, UT +12, 13 and 14, which only a few other countries in the world can match or exceed (not including the largest, India and China).
Wikipedia and Geohack present the correct coordinates: 1° 59′ 0″ N, 157° 28′ 30″ W
Now I go to https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/kiribati/kiritimati where the timezone is shown as UT +14 and the current sunset time at: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/kiribati/kiritimati is 18:41 local – 14h = 0441 UT
Now that makes a lot more sense for 846 kHz being positioned for nighttime propagation, even an hour earlier than I was hearing it: not, until two hours later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. 1650, Aug 2 at 0131 UT, 479-area code ad, and non-ID as “Life 98-7“, i.e. the puny translator in Fort Smith AR, of KFSW which is really in Sallisaw OK.
In QRM also a mention of “The River Valley“, which seems extremely
generic applicable to anywhere, but is a known monicker for eastern
Iowa, i.e. KCNZ Cedar Falls (BTW, what a coincidence that WCNZ is on
the next frequency 1660, in Marco Island FL, presumably unrelated with
widely divergent formats) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 9690, August 2 at 0040, REE North American frequency still AWOL, while 11940 for S America is still well audible. If one transmitter is out of order, there are still two more which could be used weekday evenings for us, after they are finished with the Eastern Hemisphere at 2200 —- but that would make too much sense (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1992 monitoring: confirmed Wed July 31 at 2100 on WBCQ 7490.1v, JBA.
NOT confirmed on WRMI 9955, until abrupt *cut-on Wed July 31 at 2100.5 with WOR joined already in progress, poor with Cuban pulse jamming already. Such are the risks of being the very first program on a given transmission. Far from synch with WBCQ which is too weak to figure out the displacement.
Also confirmed UT Thu August 1 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, fair S8-S9+10 but not overcoming storm noise level (local hi line noise is off at the moment; but back 24 hours later)
WORLD OF RADIO 1993 contents: Andorra non, Antarctica, Australia, Bolivia?, Bougainville, China, Congo, Cuba, Czechia, Equatorial Guinea, Europe, France, Indonesia, Korea North non, Laos, Netherlands, North America, Oman, Spain, Sudan South non,Tibet and non, USA, Vatican, Vietnam, Zambia, unidentified; meteor scatter, and the propagation outlook. Finished by 2250 UT Thursday August 1, ready for first broadcasts on Friday. On SW should be at:
2200 UT Friday WRMI 9955
0130 UT Saturday WRMI 7780
0629vUT Saturday HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1000 UT Saturday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 3 & 17; alt. weeks] 1430 UT Saturday HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday WA0RCR 1860-AM
2100 UT Saturday WRMI 9955
0130 UT Sunday WRMI 5850
0300vUT Sunday WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] 1030 UT Sunday HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday WRMI 9395 7780
0230 UT Monday WRMI 7780
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v?
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1130 UT Monday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW
1816 UT Monday IRRS 7290 Romania
0100 UT Tuesday WRMI 7780
0800 UT Tuesday Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions] 2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0100 UT Thursday WRMI 7780
[it appears we will now be running on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle, so freshest new airings are on weekends]
Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9320-9330, August 2 at 0042, wideband weak whine centered about 9330, making me wonder if it`s something leaking out of WBCQ-6 Superstation, which has been off the air for further antenna work. On AWWW last week, AW said it would not resume until late August, but a twit from him August 1 via Artie Bigley said it would be “soon“.
Meanwhile via Ivo Ivanov, different frequencies for the World`s Last Chance Arabic service have been registered with HFCC, effective Aug 5? at 75 degrees: 12120 at 2000-0857, and 15705 at 0900-1157; the rest of the day in English on 9330. Apparently someone is not aware that 12120 is occupied by continuous RTTY at least in the daytime. That should be a fun collision should it ever eventuate.
6160v, Aug 2 at 0050, still nothing from new WBCQ frequency via “classic“ transmitter ex-9330v. Maybe will be running only on weekends? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1993, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Quick MW bandscan at SSS Aug 2 at 0140 UT finds live anti-Democratic ranting from acting president Drumpf at a rally in Cincinnati on at least: 840 WHAS Louisville, 890 WLS Chicago, 600 presumed WMT Iowa, and on 760 a station with “Amen“ interjexions, so KCCV, a Kansas City Bott rather than WJR Detroit? KCCV is supposed to cut from 6000 to 200 watts at night, after 0115 UT in August, and normally we hear only WJR. Loads of major AM stations demean themselves by spewing far-right hateshows all day, but the above are worst of the worst. Note, NOT heard on WLW Cincinnati (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 5909.5-USB, Aug 2 at 0048, 2-way JBA in English, American military style, vs HNL; one callsign maybe “Countdown“ and a brief digiburst. Lots of autologs in the UDXF iog, including “5909.5 is one of the freqs of the US COTHEN network“ meaning Cellular Over-The-Horizon Enforcement Network, first reported in 2010y. What is that all about? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 12025, Aug 2 at 0029, S6-S8 of very distorted modulation on very rough unstable carrier, not improved by FM tuning. Seems to be mainly music, like a spur or badly mistuned transmitter, but NOT matching biggest 25m signals of RHC, REE, or RNA. Maybe Cairo attempting to resume Latin American service? But imaginarily scheduled on 9 MHz band now.
Another possibility: Reach Beyond Australia is the only thing sked on 12025 at 0030-0100 in Burmese, partly Rohingya; or jamming? (So would the Rohingya be less persecuted in Myanmar if they were Christians?) Recheck on another receiver at 0116, not heard, so could also be something local (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15400, August 1 at 1348, open carrier at S8, some slow fading to S4, but off by 1349*. Maybe a tune-up check by Ascension or Issoudun which radiate later hours on this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0518 UT August 2